Playing the second of three games on three days, the Clippers
rested Elton Brand, Cuttino Mobley and Shaun Livingston in
preparation for Saturday night's home game against Seattle. Sam
Cassell sat out because of a strained left calf and center Chris
Kaman was sidelined by a strained left hamstring.
Yaroslav Korolev led the way for Los Angeles with 25 points and
Jawad Williams had 17. Corey Maggette played 27 minutes and missed
his first nine shots before converting a late three-point play.
Golden State also was short-handed because of injuries. Jason
Richardson is recovering from left knee surgery, center Troy Murphy
has a fractured nose and Baron Davis sat out again because of
soreness in his left thigh.
The only Clippers among the starting five who had any
significant playing time last season were second-year point guard
Daniel Ewing and newly acquired Tim Thomas, who picked up two fouls
in the first 62 seconds after shooting 1-for-11 from the field in
Thursday night's 91-90 win over the Lakers. Thomas was 5-for-13
against the Warriors and finished with 15 points in 30 minutes.
The Clippers used a 15-point third quarter by Thomas to take an
87-86 lead into the fourth. But the Warriors began the final
quarter with a 15-4 run to grab a 101-91 lead. Wagner hit a layup
and a 3-pointer 26 seconds apart and Mickael Pietrus capped the
rally with a three-point play after getting fouled by Ewing on a
Los Angeles got no closer than eight points with 3:05 to play.
The Warriors led 61-55 at halftime without any of their players
scoring in double figures. The Clippers got 13 in the first half
from Korolev, 11 from Williams and 10 from Ewing. James Singleton,
the first player off the Clippers' bench, missed all four shots in
the half -- but blocked three by Golden State.
Earlier Friday, the Warriors reached a 10-year agreement to sell
the naming rights to their arena to Oracle Corp., the San Francisco
Bay Area software maker. The Arena at Oakland will be renamed The
Oracle under the undisclosed financial terms of the deal, which
also includes elements of team sponsorship.